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THE IDLE APPRENTICE MAKES HIS DYING SPEECH TO THE CROWD AT TYBURN: AS HOGARTH CONCEIVED THE SCENE

THE IDLE APPRENTICE MAKES HIS DYING SPEECH TO THE CROWD AT TYBURN: AS HOGARTH CONCEIVED THE SCENE

Up to the year 1783 Tyburn Hill was the principal place of execution for criminals, excepting pirates, who suffered at Execution Dock, near the river. For a long time the wretched prisoner, brought to the spot in solemn procession from Newgate Gaol, was given the opportunity to make a dying speech from the scaffold; and Hogarth illustrates this practice in the final print (reproduced above) of the series " Industry and Idleness," wherein he shows the Idle Apprentice making confession of his errors as a warning to others. Unedifying as these scenes at Tyburn undoubtedly were, there is no evidence that they were worse than the revolting episodes of a later date in front of the Old Bailey, of which the scandal persisted till their abolition in 1868.

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